COVID-19 Precautions at Activate Good
Keeping our Community Safe
Activate Good is committed to the health & safety of our volunteers, partners, and staff. We wish to minimize the transmission of infectious disease, so we are staying up to date on the spread of COVID-19 and increasing sanitation measures in our facilities, following recommendations coming from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local governance. In addition to prioritizing safety, we also desire to create alternative ways of helping nonprofits serve our most vulnerable populations.
Updates as of August 2021
Volunteer Safety Requirements
We care about and rely on all of our volunteers – so this is IMPORTANT. For the health and safety of all, please do not join us at any project if you:
- Are experiencing any symptoms or feel unwell
- Share space with someone who is ill
- Have recently traveled out of the country or to any COVID-19 hot spots
- Have been exposed to any confirmed case of COVID-19
All Activate Good staff are vaccinated and will continue to properly wear a mask (fully covering the nose and mouth) indoors and during outdoor activities that do not facilitate ample social distancing.
All volunteers at Activate Good-hosted events are also expected to continue properly wearing a mask (fully covering the nose and mouth) and respecting social distancing, regardless of vaccination status. Those who are fully vaccinated may choose to forgo their masks only when outdoors, remaining cognizant of the comfort and boundaries of others around them.
Each of our Community Partners may have their own protocols, and volunteers are expected to follow the protocols of their host site, whatever those may be. While we will do our best to communicate information on these policies, we recommend contacting the hosting Community Partner directly to request further clarification.
Please do not put yourself or anyone else at risk by coming to volunteer if you are sick, know you have potentially been exposed, or are unable to comply with these guidelines.
Our Internal Operations
As an organization, we have implemented the following measures:
- take common-sense precautions to protect from the spread of illness
- facilitated remote work for all staff
- cross-train employees and volunteers for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted
- make sure employees and volunteers are not encouraged to come to work if they are sick
- communicate with local health officials regarding questions or concerns about COVID-19
Our Commitment to Meeting Our Mission
Continuation of Activate Good’s work connecting volunteers to area nonprofits:
Activate Good will continue its mission of supporting local nonprofits and connecting volunteers in good health to fulfill their needs to the extent that is possible and safe at this time. We are also highlighting ways that volunteers can continue providing critical support to area nonprofits through remote volunteer opportunities.
Regarding regular volunteering that occurs in-person in a nonprofit space or during a community-wide day of service:
We urge visitors and volunteers to adhere to common-sense practices (outlined below), exercise their best judgment, and understand the policies and practices each individual nonprofit host has put into place regarding COVID-19 as they determine whether or not to participate in their planned volunteer activities in person. As always, we request volunteers practice good etiquette by notifying a nonprofit as far in advance as possible that they are no longer able to participate in a scheduled volunteer activity. Communicating your cancellations in a timely manner is a critical part of ensuring our nonprofit partners have enough time to rearrange plans and activities to accommodate changes, especially in the face of these challenges. We thank you for your courtesy and cooperation in practicing good communication.
Regarding host nonprofit’s policies on COVID-19:
Activate Good currently serves over 560 Triangle area organizations who utilize volunteers to support their work. Please note that each individual organization has or may have their own policy or anticipated changes in response to COVID-19. As needed, ask to view or request a copy of their policy as it will differ from organization to organization.
A reminder of those common-sense measures we can all take:
- Wash hands with soap and warm water frequently, for at least 20 seconds. We like to sing a song while we wash!
- Use alcohol-based sanitizers when soap and water are not available
- Use disposable tissues when coughing and sneezing; dispose of used tissues carefully and promptly
- If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm/sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, and remain home until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms…but send them well wishes from afar
- Maintain healthy habits. Time to try that new recipe!
- Take time to discuss illness and spreading germs with your little ones
Our staff can answer any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your efforts to keep our community safe, and please be well!
For us all:
- NCDHHS COVID-19 Response
- NC Division of Public Health
- “Flattening the Coronavirus Curve”, New York Times. March 27, 2020
For volunteers and those who want to help:
- “Yes, You Can Actually Do Something About The Coronavirus”, Buzzfeed News. March 11, 2020
- “Seniors are the most vulnerable to Coronavirus. You can help protect them”, Washington Post. March 11, 2020
For our Community Partners:
- “CDC Foundation Has COVID-19 Guidelines For Nonprofits”, The Nonprofit Times. March 11, 2020
- “COVID-19 Brings Nonprofits High Unexpected Costs”, Nonprofit Quarterly. March 6, 2020
- Nonprofit Pandemic Resources, NC Center for Nonprofits
- “A Huge Mistake Nonprofits Make in Preparing for COVID-19“, Nonprofit Pro. March 10, 2020
- COVID-19: Five Things to Know and Do, Nonprofit Risk Management Center
- “A few things for nonprofits and foundations to consider in light of the Coronavirus”, Nonprofit AF. March 8, 2020
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